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Hilary Schwandt

Assistant Professor


Office: FA 334


Hilary Schwandt earned her BS in Biochemistry from California Polytechnic State University in 2002. After graduating from Calpoly she lived in Jamaica for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She then earned her master’s degree in 2006 and her doctoral degree in 2009 from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Hilary’s doctoral dissertation was on unsafe abortion in Ghana and included a qualitative study on the pathways to abortion, a comparison of incomplete pregnancy patients and a randomized, noninferiority trial of group vs. individual family planning counseling. Her main areas of research interest are gender and reproductive health.


Just prior to joining Fairhaven College, Hilary was working in the research division at the Center for Communication Programs in Baltimore, Maryland. At the Center for Communication Programs she was the technical monitoring and evaluation advisor for numerous projects, such as the Go Girls Initiative! – a project that aimed to reduce adolescent girls’ vulnerability to HIV/AIDS in Botswana, Malawi, and Mozambique; the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative – a project that aimed to reduce the barriers to family planning use among the urban poor; a prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission project in Ethiopia; and a malaria prevention during pregnancy project in Zambia.


Hilary grew up in Bellingham. She is delighted for the opportunity to live once again in Bellingham and work with the esteemed Fairhaven College faculty.

Interest Areas

At Fairhaven Hilary is planning on teaching courses centered around population health, such as: infectious disease, nutrition, and reproductive health.


Selected Publications

Hebert LE, Schwandt HM, Boulay M, Skinner J. Family planning providers’ perspectives on family planning service delivery in Ibadan and Kaduna, Nigeria: a qualitative study. Journal of Family Planning Reproductive Health Care doi:10.1136/jfprhc-2011-100244


Skinner J, Underwood C, Schwandt HM, Magombo A. (2012). Transitions to adulthood: Examining the influence of initiation rites on the HIV risk of adolescent girls in Mangochi and Thyolo districts of Malawi. AIDS Care doi:10.1080/09540121.2012.701721